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Eco-Galaxy Catamaran 5-Night Itinerary C

With unmatched high-quality service, delicious food, knowledgeable and its professional crew, the Eco-Galaxy Catamaran is one the favorite yachts for people who are looking for a first-class Galapagos cruise. The 16-passenger Eco-Galaxy Catamaran offers a spacious sun deck with a great area for enjoying Galapagos landscapes, as well as an ample dining room, a bar and lounge. The vessel’s activities on board and on daily land excursions include hiking, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and animal watching. On this amazing 6-day/5-night Galapagos Islands vacation, you will get up-close and personal with aquatic wildlife like sea lions and turtles, hike over volcanic lava flows to check out the moon-like landscapes of Bartolome Island, and relax on the stunning white-sand beaches of Santiago Island. On board the first-class 16-passenger Eco-Galaxy Catamaran, you can get out onto the high seas and start making better memories on the Galapagos Islands tour along the Central-Eastern Route.

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Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Floreana, Española & San Cristobal Island

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport – Board Yacht // Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach
Day 2: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay // Bartolome Island
Day 3: Santa Cruz Island: Highlands – Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 4: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point – Devil’s Crown – Post Office Bay
Day 5: Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay
Day 6: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center – Airport
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday
Baltra Island: Airport – Board Yacht // Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach

AM: Departure to the Galapagos Islands, arrival at Baltra airport, where our naturalist guide of the National Park will be waiting for you.

PM: Bachas gets its name from the remains of two large barges (mispronounced by locals as “bachas”) left by the Americans during WWII. At low tide you can still see the iron skeletons of the barges buried in the white sand. From November till May, this place is also one of the most important sea turtle nesting grounds in the entire Galapagos islands. There are also several small saltwater lagoons where we often see flamingoes, herons and other aquatic birds.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Friday
Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay // Bartolome Island

AM: This hike is a journey into understanding the birth of these volcanic islands. You will walk in a very well preserved flow of Pahoehoe lava, which will give you endless opportunities to see the delicate textures of these type of lavas which only appear in a few places throughout the world. At first sight the barren landscape looks completely deprived of life, but look carefully for pioneer plants, lava lizards and small birds. By the shore, you can find penguins, pelicans and oystercatchers.

PM: Bartolome is one of the most iconic places in the Galapagos and one of the few where you can see penguins without going to the remote areas of western Isabela and Fernandina. You will get great views of Pinnacle Rock, located in the northern side of the island, right next to a beautiful peach-color sand beach.

The hike to the top of the island is fantastic and will offer you incredible views of lunar landscapes with scattered volcanic cones. Many islands are visible from this outlook, as well as the bay of Sullivan and the Pinnacle rock.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Saturday
Santa Cruz Island: Highlands – Charles Darwin Research Station

AM: Either if you do this visit starting from Baltra or from Puerto Ayora, a bus will take you to the highlands stopping along the way at one of the reserves to visit the lush highland forests where you will look for Galapagos Giant tortoises in their natural environment. This is the best place in the Galapagos to see these gentle giants (reaching over 300 kg / 600 pounds!) casually grazing and resting in freshwater ponds. This is also home for a great diversity of birds rarely found at the lowlands, including finches (tree, woodpecker and vegetarian finches), flycatchers and several species of water birds. You will visit a lava tunnel (depend on the itinerary) and learn how these extraordinary formations where created by ancient volcanic eruptions.

PM: The Charles Darwin Station is a nonprofit organization which has been working for decades together with the Galapagos National Park to preserve the biodiversity of these unique islands. During this visit you will learn about the projects that both institutions carry together to protect the native species and eradicate the invasive ones which are threatening the Galapagos environment. One of the most important and emblematic projects has been reproducing giant tortoises in captivity. The visit is mostly outdoors in a beautiful dry native forest with giant cactus and many other interesting native plants. It is also a fantastic place to find several endemic Darwin finches, as well as flycatchers and mockingbirds.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Sunday
Floreana Island: Cormorant Point – Devil’s Crown – Post Office Bay

AM: Punta Cormorant is located in the north of Floreana and it is known for its large coastal lagoon with American flamingoes, white-cheeked pintails, black-necked stilts and other shorebirds. There is a beautiful white sand beach which is an important nesting ground for green sea turtles where we can also see rays and reef sharks. In the last years, a small groups of blue footed boobies have started to breed right by the trail. This is also a great trail to look at endemic plants.

PM: Floreana is famous for the tales of German settlers and the baroness during the late 1920’s and 30 ‘s. Assassinations, disappearances and other unsolved mysteries are the ingredients of this fascinating story.

Post office bay was often used by whalers to anchor their ships and go up to the highlands to get freshwater and tortoises. Most boats visiting the Galapagos had to came to this place sooner or later, so a system of mail was established more than 200 years ago: a barrel near the beach became the way to leave messages to other ships and also to the outside world. This mail system is still in use and will allow you to send postcards from the Galapagos to the outside world. 

Aside from a small beautiful beach and a lava tunnel, the area is great for dinghy tours to look for sea lions, green sea turtles, shorebirds, small sharks and, with some luck, Galapagos penguins.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Monday
Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay

AM: This rocky trail is one the most amazing nature walks you can do in the Galapagos islands.

From the moment you set foot on the island and all the way along the trail the amount and diversity of fauna is truly amazing. Sea lions and marine iguanas will be the first ones welcoming us, followed by large colonies of sea birds, including Nazca and Blue-footed boobies, gulls and tropicbirds. At the end of the trail we will visit a colony of waved albatross (April to January), the largest bird in the islands and one of the most interesting because of its powerful flight and elaborate courtship. Waved albatross only nest at Española, so this is the only place where you will see them at close range.

PM: Gardner beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and interesting beaches to visit in the Galapagos. Its fine coral sand and turquoise water give it a totally tropical appearance, which contrasts with the presence of sea lions basking in the beach. You will have the opportunity to walk along the beach and learn about the biology of sea lions and other endemic species, such as the Española mockingbird, marine iguanas and Galapagos hawks.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Tuesday
San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center – Airport

AM: Located in the outskirts of Puerto Baquerizo, this center is dedicated to the history of human presence in the Galapagos. Since the times of the early Spanish explorers to the present times, including illustrious visitors such as Charles Darwin, this permanent exhibition will take you through the dangers and struggles of the first settlers trying to survive the harsh Galapagos environment.

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Prices

2023 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
6 DaysUS$ 4,000 PP
2022 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
6 DaysUS$ 3,600 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • A cruise on board the Eco-Galaxy Catamaran
  • Accommodations in a double cabin, with private facilities
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Services of an English/Spanish-speaking level II naturalist guide on daily excursions and during briefings
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks
  • Free coffee, tea and purified drinking water
Not included in the price:
  • Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per adult)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20 USD per person)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Single cabin supplement
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal items
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Services not indicated in the itinerary (i.e.: An Isabela Island dock tax applies in itinerary D)
  • IVA
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“I enjoyed the scenery and the exotic wildlife on the islands very much. The airport transfers in both directions went smoothly and the service on board was very good.”Nikola Dimitrov